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11:55 PM ET, March 9, 2012

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David A. Graham / The Atlantic Online:
Palin: The First Black President Wants to Revert to Pre-Civil War Society  —  In her view, the very act of acknowledging or talking about race's role in U.S. history makes one a racist.  —  Naturally, someone had to ask Sarah Palin about the Derrick Bell-Barack Obama flap.
Discussion: Mediaite
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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Did Professor Derrick Bell Visit the White House?  —  The conservative Heritage Foundation shows some pluck by searching for the late law school professor Derrick A. Bell in the White House visitor's logs, and finds that “Visitor logs show that Derrick A. Bell visited the White House twice since President Obama took office.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Race-Baiting Continues  —  I've been holding off on writing something about the bizarre spectacle of the Derrick Bell “exposé” that has consumed the nuttier corners of the right in the last couple of days, simply because it's so weird and pathetic that I wasn't sure exactly how to talk about it beyond simple ridicule.
Mj Lee / Politico:
Gloria Allred seeks Rush Limbaugh prosecution  —  Rush Limbaugh has drawn the ire of celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, who sent a letter to the Palm Beach County state attorney requesting an investigation into whether the popular radio host should be prosecuted for calling a law student a “slut” and “prostitute” last week.
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Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Why Rush Limbaugh's Apology for Sandra Fluke ‘Slut’ Remarks Bombed  —  Commentators often talk their way out of trouble these days.  But Limbaugh couldn't convince the media he was sincerely sorry for calling Sandra Fluke a ‘slut.’ Howard Kurtz explains why.
Discussion: US Politics
Rasmussen Reports:
Obama Leads Romney, Santorum in Core Four States (FL, NC, OH, VA)  —  President Obama now holds modest leads over Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in combined polling of key swing states Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.  The numbers mark a shift from late February when Obama was tied with both candidates in the four states.
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Santorum: Republican contest is shrinking to a ‘two-man race’
Discussion: Politico, The Other McCain and CNN
Greta Van Susteren / Gretawire:
I refuse to go to the Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner - no one should go  —  Another pig....and a media association has hired the pig, Louis C.K., to be their headliner for the big media dinner?  Really?  I am not going.  I refuse to go.  Everyone in the media should join me in this boycott.
Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  Dem, GOP Leaders Renew Push For Major Deficit Legislation  —  Under fire from progressives for working with Republicans on legislation that would likely cut entitlements and raise taxes, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters Thursday he thinks there's an imperative …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
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Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Why The GOP's Favorite Anti-Obama Chart Is Complete Nonsense  —  Once again, conservatives are using today's jobs number as a jumping-off point to slam Obama.  —  Our pal Jim Pethokoukis at AEI takes the opportunity to remind everyone that the unemployment rate — of 8.3 percent …
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Jack Coleman / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Ed Schultz Paid Nearly $200,000 By Unions in 2011, According to Labor Dept.  —  What a shock — labor unions paying one of their biggest cheerleaders in the media.  —  Perhaps Ed Schultz could explain what he does for unions to warrant such largesse.  I don't recall hearing anything along …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Recent debate over contraception comes as GOP loses gains among women  —  The fragile gains Republicans had been making among female voters have been erased, a shift that has coincided with what has become a national shouting match over reproductive issues, potentially handing President Obama …
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press:
After quakes, Ohio plans tough gas-drilling rules  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio—A dozen earthquakes in northeastern Ohio were almost certainly induced by injection of gas-drilling wastewater into the earth, state regulators said Friday as they announced a series of tough new rules for drillers.
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ohiodnr.com:
Ohio's New Rules for Brine Disposal Among Nation's Toughest
Jenna Portnoy / New Jersey Online:
Former Navy SEAL booted from Gov. Christie town hall after heated exchange  —  FLORENCE TOWNSHIP — The most-heated town hall clash of the year started today with a shouting match, drove Gov. Chris Christie to call a vocal opponent to the proposed Rutgers Camden-Rowan merger an “idiot,” and ended with a stern talking-to by police.
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Plaintiff challenging healthcare law went bankrupt - with unpaid medical bills  —  Obama administration lawyers say her case is an example of why an insurance mandate is needed to prevent ‘uncompensated care that will ultimately be paid by others.’  —  The U.S. Supreme Court plans to hear …
John P. Holdren / White House.gov Blog:
Todd Park Named New U.S. Chief Technology Officer  —  I'm very excited that President Obama today is appointing Todd Park as the new U.S. Chief Technology Officer, with the important task of applying the newest technology and latest advances to make the Federal government work better for the American people.
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David Saleh Rauf / Politico:
White House names HHS's Todd Park CTO
Discussion: Washington Post
Tim Reid / Reuters:
Banks foreclosing on churches in record numbers  —  (Reuters) - Banks are foreclosing on America's churches in record numbers as lenders increasingly lose patience with religious facilities that have defaulted on their mortgages, according to new data.  —  The surge in church foreclosures represents …
Sarah B. Boxer / NationalJournal.com:
Romney: Regulators Should Make ‘Friends’ With Business  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney  —  JACKSON, Miss. - Campaigning in the Deep South, where he faces tough opposition from more-conservative rivals for the GOP nomination, Mitt Romney is promoting an antiregulatory theme …
Discussion: Daily Kos
 
 
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Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Obama's campaign gets more USAF aircraft
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Touts Endorsement Of Birther Joseph Farah
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Why Job Growth Is Likely to Slow
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Daunting Is Santorum's Delegate Math?
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
New York Times's Robinson's Exit Package Tops $23 Million
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
No Likey No Rick  —  For most of this campaign cycle Rick Santorum …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mitt Romney's Southern makeover
Discussion: Hot Air, CNN and ABCNEWS
Mark Sommerhauser / sctimes.com:
Nolan is 1st DFLer to take on Bachmann
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